There are many reasons why a basement floods. A pipe may have burst, you may have cracks in your foundation that are allowing rain and moisture from outside to seep in, or your sump pump may have stopped working. Regardless of why the flood happened, you may have many questions when you discover that your basement is flooded. Here are a few frequently asked questions you may have if your basement is flooded.

What Are the First Few Things You Should Do?

As soon as you notice that your basement is flooded, you will want to turn off any electricity or gas lines that go into that area. Never attempt to enter a flooded space before turning the electricity off. If the flooding is caused by a broken pipe, or you aren't positive what is causing the flooding, you will want to turn off your water as well. This ensures no more water is flowing into the area.

After you have shut off the electricity, gas lines (and if needed, the water), you will want to start removing water from the space. Depending on the amount of water you have, there are a few different ways that this can be done. You can fill large buckets with water and dump them outside, you can use a push broom to sweep small amounts of water out, you can rent a water extractor to remove the water, or you can hire a water removal company. Once the sitting water is removed, you can assess how much damage has been done and what items in your basement are damaged.

Do You Need to Hire a Professional Water Damage Company or Can You Fix it Yourself?

Mold can begin to form in a flooded basement in as little as 48 hours. As such, you need to quickly remove the water from the space. However, this can be challenging. Concrete, drywall, wood and even carpet can all absorb and retain water. As such, all of these items need to be properly removed, dried out and treated to ensure that they don't develop mold in the future.

Because most homeowners do not know how to properly remove moisture from all of these areas, hire a flood damage contractor for moderate floods or when the water has been sitting in the space for longer than 24 hours. This helps to ensure water is properly removed from all spaces in the basement and that mold does not begin to develop because of the flood.

How Much Will it Cost for Water Removal and Water Damage Restoration?

When you discover your basement is flooded, another question that you may have is how much is this going to end up costing. Unfortunately, a flood is not cheap to clean up after. A minor flood could cost around $10,000 to fix, whereas a significant basement flood can cost homeowners anywhere between $25,000 to $50,000 to fix. Removing water as quickly as possible after a flood, and having the water properly removed can keep costs as low as possible. This is because mold remediation significantly increases the price and mold can be prevented by removing water quickly and properly.

How Do You Prevent Basement Flooding in the Future?

After dealing with a flooded basement, you may want to ensure that your basement doesn't flood again. In order to prevent basement flooding, you need to understand why your basement flooded. If it flooded because of a burst pipe, replacing your pipes, having them inspected and cleaned regularly and preventing them from freezing can help prevent another burst pipe in the future. If your basement flooded because of a malfunctioning sump pump, properly maintaining your sump pump in the future and adding a battery backup when the power is out can prevent this. And lastly, if your basement flooded because of water seeping in from the outside, you have many options as to how to prevent this.

Properly grading your yard, installing French drains and ensuring your gutters and drain systems are working can help keep water away from the foundation of the home. Repairing foundation cracks can block off access points that water enters through. And sealing and waterproofing the foundation wall can also help to prevent water from entering.

Upon noticing a flood in your basement, the floodgates in your head may open and the questions may pour in. Getting answers to these questions will help you to determine what steps to take after your basement floods in order to properly clean it and prevent this from happening in the future. Contact companies like Accutech Restoration to learn more.